With incremental e-commerce growth across varied segments, the B2B space presents significant opportunity for EV manufacturers
TVS is one of the automakers with aggressive aspirations to enter the electric vehicle market. A total of Rs 1,200 has been set aside for this purpose. A large chunk of the funding will be used to build a new manufacturing plant for electric vehicles such as scooters, motorcycles, and three-wheelers.
A new electric scooter is being tested on the road near the TVS production facility in Hosur, Tamil Nadu, according to recent spy pictures. V Mathpati, a car enthusiast, is the source of these rare spy images. The e-design scooter’s suggests that it is most likely a load carrier for B2B and B2C last-mile delivery. It has a flat seat and plenty of room in the back for goods. There is also plenty of room for freight on the level floorboard.
The new TVS electric scooter boasts a simple design with few body panels. Large alloy wheels, possibly 12-inch pieces, appear to be used. These will come in helpful during freight operations for best control and balance. Telescopic front forks and dual rear shock absorbers make up the suspension system. The scooter’s instrument panel is rectangular and fully computerised.
While the exact specifications of TVS’s new electric scooter remain unknown, they are likely to be similar to those of the iQube. The latter has a 2.25kWh battery pack that powers a 4.4kW BLDC motor positioned on the hub. It produces 3kW of power and 140 Nm of peak torque. The claimed range of the iQube is 75 kilometres. This new TVS scooter might get a bigger battery, which would give it a longer range.
When it is released, the new TVS electric scooter will compete primarily with the Honda Benly e electric scooter. Next year, Benly e will be available in India. Honda is making rapid progress with its objectives, having already established a new subsidiary in India.
This division will specialise in the production of battery packs for Honda’s planned electric scooters, motorcycles, and other small electric vehicles. The subsidiary will also oversee battery charging and switching infrastructure technologies and operations.
TVS charging network expansion
TVS is constructing a wide network of charging stations to ensure that users do not have range anxiety. This is done in partnership with other companies like Tata Power. The focus will be on growing the usage of solar electricity across charging stations, according to the agreement between the two corporations.
In the two-wheeler and three-wheeler segments, the TVS charging network will serve both personal vehicles and cargo transporters. It will be equipped with both an AC and a DC fast-charging network. Tata is a big strategic partner because the firm already operates 700 public chargers in 120 cities. The company also has charging stations at home and at work, as well as captive charging stations. TVS will target the premium EV category in addition to the commuter and cargo segments. As a result, TVS and BMW have expanded their collaboration to cover the design and development of new electric scooters, motorcycles, and concepts.